Living with Harris Tweed

I thought I would give you a little hands on update of living with some Harris Tweed. I've had this waistcoat for around five months now and its done a couple of things.

Firstly it shattered my preconception about Harris Tweed being an itchy unforgiving fabric thats worn once and then relegated to the back of the wardrobe only to be brought back out when the cat needs a new scratching post!

The quality of the Harris Tweed is wonderful, luxuriously soft, the cut of the fabric and the pattern thats been developed work very well to provide a truly comfortable garment, one which I have probably worn too much!

That brings me to my second point. The Harris Tweed wears incredibly well! I throw this on to head out on any occasion whether smartly dressed for a night out or dressed down to go to the supermarket, its been abused by car seat belts, Barbour Jackets and an overly heavy shoulder strap from an overloaded Billingham bag and its keeping its shape really well. Not to get too technical theres not been any bobbling of the material either!

You get what you pay for gets thrown about so much these days, generally right after something has just fallen apart or let you down. I feel that the Harris Tweed highlights the opposite end of the spectrum, sure there are cheaper 'tweeds'  and there are other 'tweeds' that have larger colour ranges and can be delivered in 7 days but what they lack is soul. The heritage and the outstanding quality of the materials that we have sourced from Harris, means we are confident that our garments give you something unique that will get better with age and develop character as you wear them.

I for one cannot wait until we get the mens jacket into production to truly highlight the diversity and quality of Harris Tweed and Buck & Hares design and manufacture team.

Exciting times indeed!

Thanks to you all for helping us get to where we are........

It feels like that this has been such a long time coming, a really exciting time for us and at last we have made that final leap of faith and we have flipped the switch for the store, finally putting our handmade tweed waistcoats out in the wild.

We've already seen some of our pre-order customers out rocking it in their new threads recently and we've have had some really great feedback on the quality of the materials and workmanship to create it, we aim to please! Its also great to hear that our customers friends think they look amazing in their new waistcoats, it must be that flattering pattern on the back, it'll take years off you!

You might wonder why we put the store up on a Saturday and a week before pay day? Its to allow ourselves some comfort in getting any I.T. creases ironed out, pardon the pun. We've done our best to test the store behind the scenes but the true way to get feedback is when you guys are using it. From our experience its all working as it should.

When you use the store for your waistcoat purchase you should find it really simple to navigate. We've set it up so that all you have to do is choose a colour, choose a size in regular or long and then decide which buttons you want, thats all in the standard price. If you wish to add an iPhone or Samsung pocket just add it to your shopping basket and choose the left or right hand side. If you want to add a custom colour back panel its the same process, just add this item to your shopping basket and select the colour you want.

If you have any questions regarding sizing then just drop us an e-mail, its basically the same as your normal suit or jacket sizing, measure around your chest at nipple level, for a tighter fit pull the tape tight and for a normal fit just measure as you would for a jacket, remember if you take a long length jacket you will no doubt take a long in our waistcoat.

Thats it, pretty simple. Thanks for coming this far with us and we hope you'll stay for the other items we have in the pipeline. The obvious one launching soon is the ladies tuxedo Harris Tweed jacket. There are a couple of things you've only seen a snippet of so far, the ladies waistcoat, theres something special in that and theres our mens jacket, we said No! hell no! to the traditional boxy cut of Harris Tweed and we've come up with something special that we think you'll love! And of course our coral pink dress for the girls!

Thanks again for joining us and being part of our 'journey' and telling us 'how you want it', it really does help us give you what you want! Have this tune on us, enjoy your weekend!